The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) offers practical tools and techniques of assistive technology accommodations and applications in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings. In addition, ATACP addresses the tools and techniques behind the assistive technology that enhances the effectiveness in the area of assistive technology applications.
Who should attend?
- Individuals with disabilities and/or their family members
- Educators, including special education teachers and school administrators
- Public and private rehabilitation personnel
- Employers, human resource specialists and accommodation specialists
- ADA and Section 508 administrators for universities and colleges
- Assistive and information technology specialists
- Occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech and language pathologists
What should participants expect to learn?
The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) provides a practical approach to the applications of assistive technology to meet the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings.
Learning objectives for the participants are the following.
- A wide range of applications for assistive technology in the home, school, workplace and community environments
- Addressing individual needs through a collaborative team approach and a national assessment framework
- Existing and new assistive technology for people with disabilities, including, but not limited to, augmentative and alternative communication, environmental controls, seating and positioning, mobility devices, ergonomics, computer access technology, and technology for people with learning, physical, cognitive and/or sensory disabilities
- Resources to support assistive technology devices and services
Certificate and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
ATACP meets the 100-hour requirement for a certificate in assistive technology applications with 10 CEUs from California State University, Northridge's The Tseng College of Extended Learning and the Center on Disabilities.
How is ATACP delivered?
ATACP is offered three times per year — fall, spring and summer. The fall and summer sessions are offered entirely online. While the spring session is also conducted online, it also includes a two-day in-person meeting held in conjunction with the International Conference on Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities in San Diego.
Participants of the spring session are required to attend the in-person portion in order to earn the certificate.
The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) meets the 100-hour requirement for a certificate in assistive technology applications with 10 Certificate and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from The Tseng College and the Center on Disabilities.
The 16-week course includes seven modules as described below.
Welcome to ATACP
This course module reviews the expectations and course work to be done in ATACP.
Intro into Assistive Technology
This introductory module will cover the potential of assistive technology to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. In addition, the field of assistive technology is ever-changing, and this module will discuss new areas of emphasis and growing trends in the field.
Assistive technology recommendations are best when they meet the needs of the individual requiring such technology and address the outcomes desired. This module focuses on the assistive technology assessment process in order to effectively identify an appropriate action plan.
Assistive Technology Populations and Case Studies
Participants will discover through case studies how assistive technology can be applied to help people with disabilities reach their individual goals. A wide range of practical applications and a broad scope of assistive technology will be addressed. This module will guide the participant through various assistive technologies that address various needs and populations.
This module will focus on specific areas of assistive technology and elaborate on individual features of technology, applications and resources to gain further knowledge.
Assistive Technology Administration
As an assistive technology professional, it is important to understand the leadership traits necessary to ultimately meet the needs of your clients. Leadership within this field has a tremendous impact on many aspects of assistive technology, including service delivery, device production and universal design. In addition, this module will cover funding, legislative and policy issues.
A practical independent or group project is required in order to earn the certificate. Participants are encouraged to develop a project or action plan to meet the needs of people with a disabilities and/or their organization. The project or action plan will be developed and approved.
Individuals interested in enrolling in the certificate program must complete and return an application form with tuition payment in order to be accepted. Space is limited in each of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) sessions to enable maximum participation, feedback and personal attention — early enrollment is strongly encouraged to ensure availability.
Each participant will receive access to the comprehensive online course that includes lectures, case studies, application exercises, articles and web resources in a variety of accessible mediums (HTML, text and PDF).
In order to access the course, participants must have an active email account and access to the Internet.
Computer speakers and microphone are preferred, but not required.
The course is offered on the e-learning platform, Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate. Users of JAWS or other screen readers can access either of these programs, and helpful guides are available to help navigate through settings.
Certificate and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) requirements
In order to receive certification, participants must complete the required 100-hours of ATACP course work, class participation and assignments, and the final project.
Total cost to enroll in the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) is $1,795. The tuition includes the cost for instruction, technology fees and certification. There are no additional costs to participate. The spring session includes a required two-day in-person training. Thus, students in this session are responsible for travel and stay in San Diego where those meetings are held.
Payment is due by the enrollment deadline (see the upcoming sessions link for more details) in order to become enrolled in the program.
Please make checks payable to California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities.
All major credit cards accepted, except Discover. Please contact the Center on Disabilities to process your tuition.
Purchase orders (PO) are welcome. Contact us or fax your PO to initiate the PO process.
The Center on Disabilities will issue a refund (minus a $30 processing fee) to any student that opts to cancel his or her registration up until the enrollment deadline as listed. A partial refund of $1,495 will be made if the student drops the program within two weeks of the first day; no refunds will be made thereafter.
All ATACP students will receive a discount on their registration to attend the International Conference on Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities if they opt to attend. This discount is available to students in every session.
The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) is offered three times per year — fall, spring and summer. We accept applications year-round, and actively enroll students during the timeframes listed below. There is no late enrollment available for any of the sessions.
2017-2018 school year session dates
|Session||Session Dates||Enrollment Period|
May 15 – September 1
March 27 – April 28
August 21 - December 8
July 5 - August 4
January 16 - May 4
November 13 - December 15
May 14 - August 31
March 26 - April 27
The fall and summer sessions are offered entirely online. The spring session is also conducted online, but also includes a two-day in-person meeting held in conjunction with the International Conference on Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities in San Diego. This two-day meeting covers module five of the course in-person rather than online. See the course curriculum for module details.
* Participants of the spring session are required to attend the in-person portion in order to earn the certificate.
Thank you for your interest in the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP). The ATACP is designed to provide a practical approach to the applications of assistive technology in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings. Please complete and submit the application online.
The course is offered three times per year — fall, spring and summer. We will accept completed application forms year-round, but do refer to the following session dates and enrollment period for when we admit students into the session in the Upcoming Sessions section. There is no late enrollment available for any of the sessions.
There is no payment collected when you submit the application. Once an application is sent you will receive confirmation of receipt. When enrollment begins for the next session, you will receive notice with instructions for completing enrollment via email.
If you require assistance to complete the application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 677-2578.